Starbucks workers are on strike in Boston

Starbucks baristas at a Boston location are on strike beginning Monday, Greater Boston Starbucks Workers United (SBWU) said. Baristas at the 874 Commonwealth Ave location are on strike, according to SBWU. for immediate changes to her workplace that contradicts Starbucks’ mission and values, as well as other company activities the union alleges violate federal labor law week. Dickerson said their hours were changed after the site unionized. “When we got a new manager after we unionized, my hours practically halved, despite my open availability, consistency, and hard work,” Dickerson said. As a result of these hourly cuts, SBWU said staff are being negatively impacted by these changes. “We often have to skip breaks to get things done on time, and even then we get off our shifts late,” said shift supervisor Nora Rossi. “We’re so understaffed that we’re set up to fail every day.” These unrealistic working conditions began when Tomi Chorlian was hired as an interim manager immediately after baristas at 874 Commonwealth Ave. their union won, SBWU said. “I’ve been working here under three different managers for over a year,” said barista Sarah Chan. “The store has never been so consistently understaffed, but our new manager claims there aren’t enough hours to fill while also hiring five new people.” store as it is often severely understaffed which impacts our sales, cleanliness and morale,” Dickerson said. “This response feels like direct punishment for unionization.” SBWU said baristas will picket outside their store from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until an agreement is reached between workers and management.

Starbucks baristas at a Boston location are on strike beginning Monday, Greater Boston Starbucks Workers United (SBWU) said.

According to SBWU, baristas at the 874 Commonwealth Ave. for immediate changes in their workplace.

The SBWU said the workers explained in their letter to management that their strike decision was the result of inadequate and conflicting planning, unilaterally imposed availability requirements and management behavior that is inconsistent with Starbucks’ mission and values, as well as on other corporate activities the union alleges violate federal labor law.

Taylor Dickerson, who recently joined the site in February, said she was consistently scheduled to work an average of 30+ hours per week. Dickerson said their hours were changed after the site unionized.

“When we got a new manager after we unionized, my hours practically halved, despite my open availability, consistency, and hard work,” Dickerson said.

As a result of these hourly cuts, SBWU said staff are being negatively impacted by these changes.

“We often have to skip breaks to get things done on time, and even then we get off our shifts late,” said shift supervisor Nora Rossi. “We’re so understaffed that we’re set up to fail every day.”

These unrealistic working conditions began when Tomi Chorlian was hired as an interim manager immediately after baristas at 874 Commonwealth Ave. their union won, SBWU said.

“I’ve been working here under three different managers for over a year,” said barista Sarah Chan. “The place has never been so consistently understaffed, but our new manager claims there aren’t enough hours to give while he’s hiring five new people.”

“Not only does this make it difficult to pay bills, it also hurts the business as it is often severely understaffed, affecting our sales, cleanliness and morale,” Dickerson said. “This reaction feels like direct punishment for unionization.”

SBWU said baristas will picket outside their store from 9am to 1pm until an agreement is reached between workers and management.

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